At a reception at the Irish embassy in Beijing, Irish beef was served for the first time since a ban was imposed in 2001 on EU beef imports over BSE. The ban was formally lifted in April.

Three Irish beef plants and one pork plant have had access to the Chinese market confirmed during a trade mission to China led by Minister for Agricul(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy after appearing in court in  2007: Murphy was once described as “a good republican” by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy has been found guilty of tax evasion by the Special Criminal Court for failing to furnish tax returns for ne(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy has pleaded not guilty to tax offences for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Photograph: Court Collins.

The trial at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard that over a period of(...)

Republican Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, at court yesterday. Photograoh: Collins Courts

The trial at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence about transa(...)